Apr 20 2015

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

No better way to tell mom she’s the best than with a totally cute DIY gift! Here are our favorite gift ideas to make mom feel extra loved!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

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Is there anything moms love more than pictures of the kids?! This is a cute and creative way to say I love you from the whole fam!

Via Home Stories A to Z

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

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These are a fun long-lasting way to show mom how much you love her! Pick some of her favorite family pictures and you will have the perfect decoration for the coffee table! She’ll love to show off this great gift to guests!

Via POPSUGAR

DIY Mug Decorating: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my mama you’ll be.”

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Get creative with words for a personalized mug for mom! Of course, the best way to give this gift is with coffee in bed!

Via The Resplendent

DIY Tea Tags

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Is your mother a tea lover? No doubt she’ll be so impressed and excited to have her favorite drink with a personal loving touch from her favorite people!

Via Lia Griffith

DIY Chocolate Bouquet

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Something yummy to say “thank you for everything you do”! Put a huge smile on mom’s face (and maybe some chocolate in her teeth) with this delicious chocolate bouquet!

Via Madigan Made

TGI Extra: Happy Mother’s Day from Dad!

Waking up to a fresh-made breakfast may be the best part of Mom’s day.  Say thank you to your wife with this yummy baked oatmeal.  A great dish for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch with the kids!

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Via Eat Simple Love Yoga

Happy Gifting!

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Apr 14 2015

Win It! Wellograph Smart Watch Sweepstakes #KeepOneGiveOne

We are always on the hunt for cool, high-tech fitness accessories! Win the healthy living gift that has it all, and it’s even waterproof for up to 50 meters. The Wellograph Watch tracks all activity like fitness, heart-rate, stress, and sleep. If the man in your life is a total health-freak, wants to get in shape, or just reached a personal health goal, this is the perfect “For Him” gift to keep up the motivation.  To stay styling, the face comes in satin, black or white pearl: $299.00 with strap per watch.

Even better, we’re giving away TWO Wellograph Watches, a $599 value! This is awesome for maintaining and reaching healthy living goals together! Enter the sweepstakes in the widget below to have your chance to win this #KeepOneGiveOne Sweepstakes!

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Apr 9 2015

4 Gift Picks for the Health Conscious Bride and Groom (Seen on NY1 News)

Healthy Wedding Gift Ideas

1. Tower Garden by Juice Plus+
Grow fruits & vegetables on this super easy 5′ Tower Garden-a vertical aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow up to 20 plants.  It’s way easier than growing a large garden and healthier and cheaper than buying from the market. Perfect for patios, balconies—any relatively sunny place outside. No dirt needed. Includes everything you need to grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, basil & cucumber in just 4 weeks. An environmentally & economically smart choice. $45 a month (or a one-time payment of $525)
Available at towergarden.com

2. Cooking Guidelines Apron 
This Cooking Guidelines Apron is a cheeky but pretty practical all at the same time.  The apron functions as a regular apron but when you have a culinary questions like cooking times, measurement conversions, it’s all printed right on the apron. Give 2 so the couple can cook together. $25
Find it at UncommonGoods

3. Personalized Cutting Boards by Straga Products 
Handmade custom engraved cutting board is personal, functional & food grade ready. It’s the perfect off-the registry Bridal Shower or Wedding Gift for a couple that loves to cook. 4 natural wood choices & comes gift wrapped. 50+ designs to go w/free personalization. $39-$79, depending on size.
Available at stragaproducts.com
10% OFF Code Here

4. Red Omega Juicer 
Chances are your bride and grooms have taken a stab at the juice cleanses pre-wedding.  Now let them save a little dough and create their own favorite blends at home with Omega’s VSJ843QR.  The new auger strains more juice & breaks down fiber to a smooth nutrient-dense juice for a huge cost & time savings. $459.95, Available at omegajuicers.com
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Apr 9 2015

Round Up: Photo Books We Love

Photo books are great personalized gifts that will last forever! Whether it be for family, friends, newly weds, or soon-to-be moms, photo books will be a hit!

Artifact Uprising

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Artifact Uprising rocks with its Instagram Friendly Books! This is such an awesome idea and is great for anyone who loves artsy photos or just for fun times with friends that you don’t want them to forget!

Shutterfly

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Shutterfly is perfect for the family photo shoot, pictures of the kids, and so many special memories! This is a great gift for parents and grandparents who adore pictures of the people they love the most! The quality of the books are amazing, and the pictures are always vibrant!

Blurb

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Photo books from Blurb are unique and always awesome! We love how you can get totally creative and do anything from family photos to cook books! Any chef will be totally impressed!

Mosaic

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This is so cool and is perfect for photo books on the go! You can make them from your phone or tablet! Quick and easy! Nothing better than a personalized last-minute gift!

Milk Books

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The Milk photo books are gorgeous and totally classy! The matte art paper and hard cover look great around the house! Awesome wedding and housewarming gifts! A personal touch to a new home or new chapter of life is always so special!

Happy Gifting!

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Mar 19 2015

DIY Ideas: What To Do When You Screw Up – Men’s Edition

Unfortunately, it isn’t always the guy who is begging for forgiveness.  We make mistakes too! If you think this screw-up needs a little more than “I’m sorry,” we want to help! We’ve picked some of our “For Him” favorites that will end this fight for good!

DIY BBQ Rub

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We have a griller on our hands! If your man loves to barbecue, this is a totally creative way to apologize! He definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to throw a steak on the grill for a date-night dinner for two!

Via Make Something Mondays

DIY Sausage Heart Recipe

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Yum! Who says no to fresh breakfast in bed?! Get cooking, and say “sorry” with a delicious and cute way to start his day!

Via Ezzly

365 Reasons Why I Love You

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Let him know how lucky you feel to have him every single day! Super sweet way to apologize and make it clear the reasons you love him are endless!

Via Small Town Sister

Sticky Note Hearts 

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Nothing beats early morning smiles! Say “I’m sorry” with a mirror full of sweet messages written on sticky notes! Post them in the shape of a heart, and you have the perfect apology to start his day right!

Via Live Lives Here

Whisky Praline Pecans

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This is a totally creative and tasty apology! He will love that you took the time to make him AND his taste buds happy! What part of a yummy treat doesn’t say “oops, my bad..you’re right” ?!

Via Cooking Cowgirl

DIY Alcohol and Cigar Bouquet

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The tables are turned! Switch out the flowers for an awesome not-so-typical alcohol and cigar bouquet! This apology says “so sorry, today is all about you!”

Via Domestic Ingenuity

May the gifts be with you! Happy apologies!

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Mar 17 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Hostess Gift Ideas

Today’s the day! St. Patrick’s Day parties are starting tonight and we found some awesome green hostess gifts! These say a big, green “thanks for having me!”

Green Jello Shots

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These jello shots are a such a fun hostess gift that everyone can enjoy! The green twist for the occasion will be a total crowd-pleaser!

Via Open Source Food

Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites

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Hostess gift and snacks for all! Chocolate pretzel bites are the perfect balance of salty and sweet and the green looks great!

Via lovefromtheoven

DIY Irish Cream

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This homemade Irish cream is so creative! We love the mason jar and decorations – perfect for the Irish hostess!

Via Style Me Pretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yum! These mint chocolate chip cookies look totally delicious! What hostess wouldn’t love some green cookies?!

Via The Food Charlatan

Ombre Veggie Tray

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Have a healthy hostess on your hands! In honor of our healthy gifting theme, this green veggie tray is such a fun gift! Add some dips on the side to make it extra yummy!

Via Honest to Nod

Happy green gifting!

 

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Mar 7 2015

DIY Ideas: For When You Think You Screwed Up – Women’s Edition

Everyone screws up. We totally get it and want to help you with the perfect apology! We’ve picked out some sentimental and personalized gift ideas that are the ultimate way to say “I’m sorry.” These DIY gifts are super easy to make, and we know it will be your best apology yet!

Photo Balloons: Romantic Apology

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These personalized photo balloons are a totally romantic way to apologize! Just buy some balloons and attach each one with a picture of a few of your favorite memories. If you think your “oops, sorry” needs a little bit more, write a cute note on the back of each picture!

Via Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

52 Reasons I Love You Deck of Cards: Sweet Apology

This deck of cards isn’t to win a game of poker, but they are an adorable way to win her over. We know you have 52 reasons you love her! Write each one on a card, and put them together like a small booklet for a nice and sweet “I’m sorry.”

Via Pinterest Addict

“Open When…” Letters: “In it For The Long Haul” Apology

This apology says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” Write 5-10 letters that each have “Open when…[your choice]” on the envelope. Inside, each letter has a sweet and comforting note. This way, it isn’t a one-time gift.  This one will last!

TGI Ideas: “Open when….you’re having a bad day…you’re stressed….you’re happy for no reason….you’re exhausted.” These are only a few ideas, and we know you’ll come up with many more!

Via Up To No Good

Date Night Basket: “I Truly Care” Apology

You know this needs to be fixed right now. Fill a box (neatly) with a few romantic items and include a note with an apology. This is an “I’m sorry” that shows you truly care!

TGI’s Perfect Date Night Box: A bottle of wine, a box of dark chocolate, any chick flick or drama and..if it’s really bad, a rose would be nice too!

Via Card Store

All About You Basket: “I Didn’t Mean To Be Selfish” Apology

This basket says a selfless “I’m sorry.” Fill it with small items where you can write a matching complement using a play on words. For example, a flashlight with a note that says “you light up my life” is perfect to show her how much she means to you. Another one of our favorites is “You’re my sweetheart” attached to a bag of candy Sweetarts (Sweet Tarts). This will make her laugh and lighten up the mood!

Via The Dating Divas

With these gifts, we guarantee you will be forgiven in no time! However, we aren’t positive this will work the second time around! Happy gifting!

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Mar 5 2015

Step-by-step Guide for Writing the Perfect “Thank You” Note

Before anything else, the number one rule when writing a proper “Thank You” note is it must always be handwritten.  The shows personalized and effort at first glance.  Once you have this down, you are ready to get started!

Dear [insert name],

1. Thank you so much for the [specific name of gift], it was extremely… generous, kind of you, thoughtful, etc. – make them feel good!
2. It is perfect because……I love jewelry; it is my favorite color – tell them why it was a great gift for you!
3. Get a little more specific…Why is it a great gift? How are you going to use it?…It looks awesome with my other bracelets; it is going to look perfect in my bedroom!
4. Add a little something extra…If they came for an event, say how much you appreciate their attendance. If they sent the gift in the mail, tell them how kind it is of them to put in the extra effort!
5. Always end with some type of appreciation…“You are an amazing friend” “I’m so happy we got to spend some time together” “Miss you and hope to see you soon!”

Best,
[Your name]

Check out some of our favorite Thank You Notes to stock up on.

*TGI Extra Tip: If you are receiving a number of gifts for a special occasion, ALWAYS keep a list when unwrapping! It is never fun to guess who a gift came from. Happy writing!

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Feb 19 2015

Pinterest Finds: DIY Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Health Nut

It seems like everyone is on a health kick these days! It can be tough finding a gift for someone that might not be thrilled with a box of cupcakes.  We have a solution! The person that says “no thanks” to cake and cookies would love a healthy gift with a personal touch! We’ve picked out some DIY gifts that are all about a healthy body and mind – Think fit, relaxed and YUM!

Women’s Fitness Basket

DIY fit basket
This Women’s Fitness basket is so cute! Perfect for the friend that’s all about the work-out life or someone trying to stick to a healthy living New Year’s resolution!

Via Pinterest

Protein Basket

Protein DIY basket
Know a body builder that loves his protein? This is the perfect Macho-Man gift for any guy looking to get in shape or is already well on his way!

Via Woahsammay

Luxurious Body Butter

Luxurious Body Butter
This DIY 3-ingredient body butter is an awesome gift for any woman! No chemical products are perfect for healthy living and super soft skin!

Via Hens and Honey

Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola

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This Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola sounds totally delicious! Great healthy gift for any occasion!

Via Simplify, Live, Love

Homemade Low Calorie Chai Spiced Granola

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Love the homemade granola idea but have a friend who isn’t a honey-lover or is trying to keep it low-cal? This Chai Spiced Low Calorie Granola will totally hit the spot!

Via PopSugar

OR….if this person loves all granola at any place and anytime, make both recipes in mason jars and put them in a cute basket with some ribbon.  Now, you have double the yummy-crunch!

Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy

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This is an awesome gift for the fitness-junkie in your life! It is totally easy to make and will make this person very grateful after a long day in the weight-room!

 Via Confessions of An Overworked Mom

Lavender Soak

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Mmmm who doesn’t love lavender? This DIY Lavender Soak is the key to a yogi’s happiness – nothing better than relaxation and aromas that will put you right to sleep!

Via Savy Naturalista

For more healthy living gift ideas, check out our Healthy Gifting board on Pinterest!

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Feb 16 2015

The Gift Insider Weds: Some of Our Favorite Engagement Gifts

We totally acknowledge how hard it must be to shop for a gift-giving expert, that’s why we were so touched by all the sweet and thoughtful engagement gifts we got this year.  Here’s a roundup of just a few of our favorites.

A Mini Painted Canvas and an Initial Ring Dish  

Engagement Gift Idea Photo

Feyonce Tank 

Beyonce Tank Engagement Gift

Mr and Mrs Luggage Tags, Wedding Planning Books and a Framed Photo of our Engagement Picture

Mr and Mrs Engagement Gift Ideas

A DIY Box of Bottles for Every”First” 

DIY Engagement Gift Ideas

Year Established Schey Family Plaque

Engagement Gift Established Plaque

Mr and Mrs Schey Stemless Wine Glasses

Engagement Gift Plaque

Days Until We Become Mr and Mrs Schey Door Hanger

Creative Engagement Gift Ideas

L+J Wooden Cheese Board

Personalized Engagement Gift Idea

LoveBirds Handmade by Grandma Gift Insider <3

Handmade Engagement Gift Idea

Yes, Dear Pillow + Kate Spade Mr and Mrs Frame

Engagement Gift Pillow Picture Frame

Kate Spade Polka Dot Vase

Mr and Mrs Frame Engagement Gift

These are just a few of our favorites.  Browse our engagement gift section for other ideas and deals on engagement gifts.

What were some of your favorite gifts you’ve given or received for engagement gifts?

 

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